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“Shirley & Joe were good neighbors in Kane's Addition, Sterling. We enjoyed both of them. ”
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STERLING, IL - Shirley was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1924, to Leslie R. and Lillian C. (Dubba) Griff in Aurora, Illinois. Both parents preceded her in death. Shirley had one younger brother, Richard E. Griff, who also preceded her in death.
Shirley was educated in the Aurora public school system. She attended Greenman grade school and graduated from West Aurora High School. Shirley went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College of Radio and Television in Chicago. She worked for Barber-Green Company in Aurora.
Shirley married the love of her life, Joseph P. Rotherham on March 6, 1948. Joseph preceded her in death on October 15, 2005. Shirley and Joe had two boys, Michael S. and Kent A. Rotherham. Michael preceded them in death on October 3, 1975. Kent married Tara R. (Geary) of Polo, Illinois, and they reside in Peoria, Illinois.
Shirley had four grandchildren; Kathleen Elizabeth Rotherham, Emily Ann Rotherham, and Joseph P. Rotherham II, all of Peoria, Illinois, and Theresa Aleen Rotherham (Dan Beaurain) of Woodridge, Illinois. Shirley had three great-grandchildren; Michael D. and Allison D. Beaurain of Woodridge, Illinois, and Laura E. Rotherham of Peoria, Illinois.
Shirley is also survived by several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and great-great-great nieces and nephews; which include the John B. Rotherham Family, the Agnes D. Rotherham family, and the Richard E. Griff family.
Shirley was the Past-President of the Sterling American Legion Auxiliary, Post 296. She was also a Cub Scout Den Mother. She was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sterling.
Shirley enjoyed traveling with her husband Joe, playing the piano and organ, crocheting, knitting, and other various hobbies and crafts. Shirley's crafts graced the homes of many of her family and relatives. Shirley was an avid Cub fan. She also enjoyed her pets throughout the years, but especially her dog Heidi Jo. Shirley thoroughly enjoyed her immediate family, and her extended family. She was known as a rock and an anchor to all those that knew and loved her.
Visitation will be held on Friday September 9, 2016 from 4-7 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 505 1st Avenue in Sterling. The funeral will follow on Saturday at 9 AM in the First Presbyterian Church in Sterling, with the Reverend Christina Berry, pastor officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Sterling.